'This is for Shane Warne' - Samuels proves a point
Marlon Samuels was delighted to prove a point to Shane Warne with his vital innings of 85 not out in the West Indies' World Twenty20 final victory over England.
Legendary leg-spinner Warne had an infamous run-in with Samuels during a Big Bash League game in 2013 and was highly critical of the West Indies batsman when commentating on his dismissal in the semi-final against India.
Samuels backed away to the leg side and lobbed a tame catch to cover to fall for eight in the Windies' victory over India, but it was a different story at Eden Gardens on Sunday as he recorded the highest score in a World T20 final prior to Carlos Brathwaite's six-hitting heroics in the last over.
After being named man of the match, Samuels told former England captain Nasser Hussain: "I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind. Shane Warne has been talking continuously, and all I have to say is 'This is for Shane Warne'.
"I answer with my bat, I don't answer with the mic."
For his part, Warne congratulated the Windies and Samuels, tweeting: "Congrats to both teams on an amazing final. Well done to the WI, well played Marlon & great hitting Brathwaite. Bring on some dancing haha !"
After benefiting from a reprieve when he was given out caught behind for 27, only to be called back when replays suggested the ball had not carried to Jos Buttler, Samuels accelerated effectively in the closing overs to surpass the score of 78 he made as West Indies beat Sri Lanka in the 2012 final.
"I don't worry about semi-finals because when it comes to finals I always turn up and do well for the team," Samuels added.
"If we get a good start, then I can step on it, if we lose wickets early I will always pace my innings."
Asked what he had said to Brathwaite prior to the all-rounder striking Ben Stokes for four successive maximums with 19 required from the final over, Samuels replied: "I didn't say much, other than swing and swing hard."